Sample Course: Common Psychological Problems


If you work with people on a daily basis, you would benefit from being able to recognize common psychological problems. Not only would this skill allow you to help others who face mental health challenges, but it would also position you as a leader in your workplace and community.

In the online Master’s in Psychology program at Divine Mercy University, students learn about common psychological problems and their treatment in course PSY 565. As a result, students are able to come up with effective action plans when they diagnose someone with a mental illness.

Course Description: Students in this course examine the current theory and research associated with the diagnosis and treatment options of common psychological problems at the individual level (e.g., depression and anxiety) and at the relational level (e.g., marital distress and parenting problems). Students are introduced to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a classification system for adult and child mental disorders. Emphasis is placed on using the DSM and the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) Model approaches together for client story analysis (case conceptualization) and appropriate referrals.

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